The Binduri Community Day Senior High School, located in the Upper East Region, has been temporarily closed down.
The closure stems from the school’s inability to provide meals for the students since May 29, 2023.
This unfortunate situation has had a detrimental impact on academic activities, attendance, and overall school functioning.
According to school authorities, the student population, which initially stood at 600, has drastically reduced to approximately 200 during this period.
In protest against the school administration and the government, the students boycotted classes on Tuesday, July 11, 2023.
In response to the students’ concerns, the Binduri District Director of Education, John Soka Jaggery, addressed them and advised them to return home.
He assured them that the school management would arrange a meeting with the caterer to address the issue and strive for a possible reopening by Monday, July 17, 2023. However, some final-year students are still present on campus, focusing on their mock examinations.
President Akufo-Addo has expressed profound sadness as he mourned the passing of renowned Ghanaian author Ama Ata Aidoo at her memorial service.
The memorial service, attended by prominent figures from the literary and cultural spheres, served as a platform to honour the remarkable contributions Aidoo made to the world of literature.
In an emotional tribute at the burial service of the late Playwright at the forecourt of the State House in Accra, President Akufo-Addo acknowledged Ama Ata Aidoo’s unparalleled talent and described her as a literary icon whose words resonated with readers around the globe.
He said her groundbreaking works, showcased her ability to weave captivating narratives that explored complex social issues.
The President emphasized that Aidoo’s literary prowess extended beyond the pages of her books, as she used her voice and pen to champion social justice, women’s empowerment, and African identity.
President Akufo-Addo also eulogized the late Author for her immense contribution to the development of Ghana and the African continent.
The renowned feminist and academic died on Wednesday, May 31 aged 81 after a short illness.
The President went on to express his gratitude for Aidoo’s dedication to nurturing young talents and lauded their friendship over the years.
President Akufo-Addo said Ghanaians and the world will miss Ama Ata Aidoo not only for her literary brilliance but also for her indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to advancing African literature and culture.
The Ministry of National Security has firmly denied media reports and publications alleging the Ghana Armed Forces’ involvement in the forced repatriation of Burkinabe refugees from Ghana.
In a statement, the Ministry affirmed Ghana’s unwavering commitment to offering shelter and support to Burkinabe nationals who have been displaced to the Upper East and Upper West regions as a result of security challenges in southern Burkina Faso.
“The Ministry, in collaboration with the Ghana Refugee Board and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has accordingly established a temporary reception centre in the Upper East Region, capable of holding an estimated Two thousand, one hundred (2,100) displaced people from Burkina Faso.
“Currently, five hundred and thirty (530) displaced Burkinabes are being accommodated at the reception centre. Additionally, Ghanaian official entities ensure that displaced persons have access to free food and medical care. Also, as part of measures to enhance containment efforts, a 30-acre land has been acquired for the establishment of housing facilities to host displaced persons.
“Contrary to claims that displaced Burkinabe's are being forced out of Ghana, a repatriation process has been instituted at the reception Centre to aid the movement of Burkinabe's who wish to return to their country.”
The National Security Ministry added that the repatriation process is consistent with international protocols on the management of refugees and has so far, been implemented in collaboration with Burkinabe Immigration Authorities along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border.
“The Government of Ghana reiterates its commitment to maintaining peace, stability, and territorial integrity while ensuring the well-being of its citizens. Operations will continue to be conducted with respect for human rights, including the rights of refugees and displaced persons from neighboring countries,” the statement added.